Home to over 15 million people, the North is brimming with unfulfilled talent and untapped economic potential. Unlocking this potential through the Fourth Industrial Revolution is not only crucial to closing the North-South divide, it is essential to growth across the whole of the UK.
Our ambition is to transform the Northern economy, unlocking up to £100 billion by 2050 and creating 850,000 more jobs. This would allow the North to pull its weight in the UK economy and act at a competitive level on the world stage.
- To drive up productivity in the North, providing a boost for the entire UK economy
- To close the North-South income gap
- To rebalance investment in research & development, unlocking growth opportunities for northern businesses
- To promote the North as a place to work, study and live
- To build world-class infrastructure, allowing businesses better access to talent and providing more career opportunities for those living here
- To drive the decarbonisation of our economy, securing green growth for the UK and helping other countries across the globe to achieve the same
- To unlock the benefits of the North’s unique cultural assets, celebrating the rich heritage of our towns, cities and countryside, including our five national parks
Who are we
Our membership is made up of the North’s leading businesses, spanning a range of industries including energy, construction and financial services. They are supported by civic leaders and experts in fields such as skills, education and world-class research.
Lord Jim O’Neill
Lord O’Neill is a British economist, former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and former Chief Economist at Goldman Sachs.
He is Chair of Chatham House and Northern Gritstone, as well as a trustee of education charity SHINE.
George Osborne served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from May 2010 until July 2016 and is a former editor-in-chief of the London Evening Standard.
He is currently a partner at Robey Warshaw, a boutique bank, and Chairman of the British Museum.
Professor Juergen Maier CBE
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Impact at Bruntwood
Deputy Chief Executive
Baroness Judith Blake CBE
Sean Anstee CBE
Sir Richard Leese CBE
Kevin Hollinrake MP
Our Wider Board
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell
President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester
CEO and principal at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Former Children's Commissioner for England
Head of Transport at Addleshaw Goddard and Chair of Transport Committee at NPP
Lord Patrick McLoughlin
Chair of Transport for the North
Leader of Manchester City Council
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe
Leader of Bradford Council
Leader of Lancashire County Council
Working with businesses and organisations across the North